Angel Ackerman and William Prystauk will be hosting a live conversation about writing sex scenes at Book and Puppet Company this Saturday night (October 22, 7:30 p.m.) as part of the Easton Book Festival. The event is free and open to anyone 18 or older.
Last night Angel went through the first two volumes of the Fashion and Fiends series, Manipulations and Courting Apparitions, marking the sexy parts.
It’s interesting to go back and look at these scenes so long after initial drafting and publication. Neither Angel nor Bill write romance, nor does neither author fit neatly in traditional genres. (Though apparently a genre known as paranormal midlife women’s fiction has carved itself a popular niche on Amazon and Angel fits nicely in that.)
Angel still has one novel and potentially her novelette to review, but she knows one thing. She and Bill use sex very differently in their stories. And they also have some overlap.
Angel can’t wait to point out on Saturday night how sex offers a pure look at the character, provides insights into how a character feels about his or her relationships, and gives a glimpse at certain power dynamics between people. In Manipulations, and the Fashion and Fiends universe in the broader sense, sex forms the basis of a “magickal system” and how the characters have sex eventually reveals part of the story’s mystery.
Compare this to Bill’s use of BDSM and non-heteronormative sex to achieve many of the same goals.
It’s going to be a fun evening. I just might bring a flogger.